Well, think again.
I haven't bought silver the way you think about it: while in China I found a small antique shop and digging into their items, I found some silver coins which grabbed my attention immediately. After a lot of bargaining, I managed to buy some of them for about $20 per coin, which is like 50% off the current price you can get for silver coins on the markets. In addition, they are very old coins, so I believe they have some numismatic value on top of that — don't hesitate to share your opinion with me if you know anything :-)
Of course, one of word of caution is that everything you find in China is either a fake or a replica. I hope I was able to spot what I think is silver.
Here's a picture I just took with my iPhone to share with you:
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